An explosion on a train on a train traveling between Taipei Main Station and Songshan Station has left 24 people injured, one in a critical condition.
Passengers reported hearing an explosion at 9.52PM. Car six of the northbound train traveling from Hsinchu to Keelung pulled into Songshan Station on fire.
At the present time, 24 people have been reported injured, with 21 hospitalized. The cause of the explosion and fire is being investigated. Early reports pointed to a possible malfunction on the train itself. Investigations have now turned to a crude bomb made with fireworks and duct tape. Witnesses have reported they saw a man carrying a package onto the train and then running away after it ignited. Police have since identified a bag, a rasp and duct tape left in the train’s toilet cubicle, and believe the man made the bomb there before detonating it in the train car.
Passengers were seen helping the injured with emergency first aid for burn injuries while waiting for firefighters and paramedics to arrive. Commuters poured cold water and applied ice to wounds on the burn victims.
Among the injured was a 14 year-old boy who suffered burn injuries to his face. A 55 year-old man is in intensive care after suffering severe respiratory burns. A 64 year-old woman was admitted with second-degree burns to 18 per-cent of her body.